Saturday, September 19, 2009

Megascops Coture

Koussevitzky Music Shed (viewed from "the Lawn"), Tanglewood - Lenox, MA

I was on the lawn of Tanglewood (a fine music venue in Lenox, MA) presumably for a performance. I remember little if anything about that. It was nighttime. Floodlights revealed pools of richly green grass at the edge of the dark sea of night. A White Pine with low sweeping branches loomed nearby. On the closest branch sat a red-phase Eastern Screech Owl. It seemed to beckon me with a few calls, so I obliged and sat next to it. I ventured a hand, and to my pleseant surprise I was allowed to pet. So soft, so cute.

Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) Red-phase
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I then got up and returned to where I was originally sitting, closer to the music "shed" (open-air concert hall). He followed, perching on the ground next to me. The rest of the dream was my sitting there enjoying the music (can't remember which piece) coming from the shed, whilst the little screech-owl let me pet and scratch it like a puppy. He even playfully rolled around like one for a few moments. Quite a sweet little vignette.

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